At 5 pm Monday, Dorian was located near 26.8 North, 78.4 West, about 25 miles northeast of Freeport on Grand Bahama Island. Maximum sustained winds were 145 miles per hour. Dorian remains a very powerful and dangerous category 4 hurricane.
Watches and warnings are unchanged for South Florida at 5 pm. To our north, a hurricane warning is now in effect from Jupiter Inlet to Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. A hurricane watch is in effect from Ponte Vedra to the South Santee River in South Carolina.
South Florida can expect the closest approach from Dorian to be on Tuesday morning, but Dorian will remain well off our coast. Miami-Dade and much of Broward can expect windy conditions, gusts to tropical storm strength, and short periods of downpours when Dorian’s outer bands move through. Northeastern Broward and Palm Beach County can expect sustained tropical storm force winds and periods of heavy rain. There is a potential for 2 to 5 feet of storm surge for coastal Palm Beach County. Gusty winds and brief periods of heavy rain are expected along the Gulf coast.